The Armies of the Caliphs: Military and Society in the Early Islamic State

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Routledge, Jun 17, 2013 - History - 256 pages

The Armies of the Caliphs is the first major study of the relationship between army and society in the early Islamic period, and reveals the pivotal role of the military in politics.

Through a thorough examination of recruitment, payment, weaponry and fortifications in the armies, The Armies of the Caliphs offers the most comprehensive view to date of how the early Muslim Empire grew to control so many people. Using Arabic chronicles, surviving documents, and archaeological evidence, this book analyzes the military and the face of battle, and offers a timely reassessment of the early Islamic State.

 

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Covering the period from the earliest conquests in Syria and Iraq to the reduction of the caliphate to a purely symbolic rôle (ie. the 630s to the 930s), Kennedy tries to follow the organizational ... Read full review

Contents

Muslim armies 116463283
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recruitment leadership and tactics
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3 The payment of the military in the early Islamic state
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4 Early Abbasid warfare 132218750833
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5 The armies of Samarra 2185683370
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6 The last armies of the Caliphs 256324870936
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7 Weapons and equipment in early Muslim armies
168
8 Fortification and siege warfare
183
9 Postscript
195
The origins of the shākiriya
199
Numbers of the Abbasid army in Samarra
205
Glossary
209
Bibliography
211
Index
221
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